Cary Joji Fukunaga will be making history as both the first American to direct an official installment of the classic James Bond spy action franchise. The 41-year-old director, writer, film producer and cinematographer previously won an Emmy for his work on the universally acclaimed first season of HBO’s True Detective and also received immense praise for his 2015 film Beasts of No Nation. He also recently directed Maniac, a Netflix black comedy series that stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as two patients in a new pharmaceutical trial that find themselves drawn to each other.
Fukunaga is set to mastermind the 25th installment of the iconic James Bond series, which is known for its mix of action-packed violence, nifty gadgets, and exotic, steamy romance. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson announced Fukunaga’s hiring over Twitter, declaring “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle, who allegedly exited the project because of “creative differences” with the producers as well as returning star Daniel Craig. The associated drama with finding a new director caused the project to be pushed back three whole months, its release date shifting from November 8th, 2019 to Valentine’s Day 2020.
An internationally cultured man, Fukunaga is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, growing up in Oakland California.
Fukunaga’s father is of Japanese-American descent, and he was born in a Japanese internment camp. His mother is Swedish, English, and German. Fukunaga is also no stranger to a big name project changing hands. He was originally supposed to direct the 2017 reboot of Stephen King’s It with Will Poulter then slated to star as creepy clown villain Pennywise.